The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence
Oxford University Press, 2013. Co-edited with Mark Juergensmeyer and Margo Kitts
"Anyone who is interested in learning more about Buddhism’s ambiguous relationship with violence would be well advised to read the newly published anthology Buddhist Warfare, edited by Michael Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer."
"Michael Jerryson's work is a welcome addition and a significant contribution to the literature on southern Thailand, which has so far been lacking attention to the Buddhist aspect of the situation and the conflict."
Imtiyaz Yusuf, Journal of Islamic Studies 24.3 (2013): 411-414.
"...as Michael Jerryson points out in this important and provocative study, the conflict in southern Thailand is just as much a 'Buddhist conflict' as an Islamic one."
Patrick Jory, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 44.1 (2013): 190-192.
"By taking the initiative to publish this collection of essays, Jerryson and Juergensmeyer have stimulated important dimensions of a discussion that is sure to garner much more attention from scholars of a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the future...It is a welcomed and timely addition."
John Clifford Holt, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 1.2 (2012): 333-335.
Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand
Oxford University Press, 2011.
"Buddhist Warfare raises the question whether identification with emptiness can always be trusted to lead to generosity, tolerance, morality, energy, meditation and wisdom."
Katherine Wharton, The Times Literary Supplement, September 29, 2010.
"[A] timely collection that provides a welcome guide to the emerging field of studies in violence and religion. Among only a few such efforts to survey the field as a whole, the book explores religious violence in both the past and present as well as in all its social, psychological, and theological complexities."
Phil Rose, Journal of Contemporary Religion 29.2 (2014): 331-333.
Mongolian Buddhism is the first book to explore the development of Mongolia's state religion, from its formation in the thirteenth century around the time of Chinggis Qaan (Genghis Khan) until its demise in the twentieth century under the Soviet Union.
Until its downfall, Mongolian Buddhism had served as a scientific, political, and medical resource for the Mongolian people. During the 1930s, Mongolian Buddhist monasticism, the caretaker of these resources, was methodically and systematically demolished. Lamas were forced to apostatize, and were either enslaved or executed. Now, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Mongolian Buddhism has reemerged in a country that has yet to fully confront its bloody past.
Through historical analysis of Tibetan, Chinese, and Russian accounts of history, Michael Jerryson offers a much-needed religio-political perspective on the ebb and flow of Buddhism and the Sangha in Mongolia.
"However, Jerryson casts a wider net in order to debunk some misconceptions of the Buddhist tradition as platonic, idealized form based on a nomrative nonviolent image in contrast to the lived traditon."
Raymond Scupin, Journal of Asian Studies 72.2 (2013): 423-432.
"The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence is a welcome addition to the burgeoning scholarly literature on the relationship between religion and violence...it should definitely be read by all those interested in the various ways religion has been used to legitimate violence."
Henry Munson, Journal of Contemporary Religion 15.1 (2014): 180-182.
Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha
Silkworm Books, 2008.
Oxford University Press, 2010. Co-edited with Mark Juergensmeyer.
"This book is essential reading for Buddhist scholars with any specialty, if only to foster new consideration of the systemics of Buddhist politics and new textual readings, historical framings, and theoretical frames. This volume provides fresh perspectives that make it a true contribution to the study of Buddhist violence and to Buddhist studies within global trends of religious violence. "
Daniel S. Margolies, Journal of Global Buddhism, 11 (2010): 53-55.
"In conclusion, the collected articles that compose Buddhist Warfare offer up a battle cry for those who believe in considering religious traditions for what they are, not as idealistic fabrications devoid of the rough edges that constitute reality."
"Buddhist Fury marks a significant advance in understandings of Thai racialized identity and the Buddhist spiritual dimensions of ultra-nationalism and racism."
"All in all, Jerryson and Juergensmeyer and their co-authors have produced an extremely valuable, edifying collection which seriously challenges the images of 'peacefulness' that Western Buddhists have tended to project onto the religion of their choice."